On 16 October, the European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group met for the first time in the Parliament’s 2019 -2024 term under the continued Chairmanship of Bernd Lange MEP. Aside from Mr Lange, all the attending MEPs were new members of the parliament as none of the other previous members returned to the parliament after the elections in May. Consequently, the meeting was primarily devoted to explaining the objectives and procedures of the Group and to detailing past achievements of the Group and reviewing the regulatory environment relevant to the preservation and use of historic vehicles. This included explaining the importance of the definition of a historic vehicle and explaining and discussing the EU Transport policy objective to reduce the use of fossil-fuelled vehicles and protect the environment. Also Low Emission Zones, road pricing, chemicals and fuel regulation were mentioned, all of which can impact on the use and preservation of historic vehicles. The Group also discussed the future mobility environment, looking notably at the impact of automation and electrification of vehicles. In that context, Tiddo Bresters, (President of FIVA’s Legislation Commission) explained FIVA’s position on the electrification of histo [...]
Unesco recognised FIVA as their partner for the valuable history of 'self propelled (road) vehicles'. In order to ensure we have open communication channels, Mr. Rony Karam has been appointed as the Liason between UNESCO and FIVA. As such Rony has organised a number of meetings in order to prepare to the recognition of FIVA by UNESCO.
One of the memorable things was the reception held in 2016 during the 50 year celebration of FIVA.